California South District #41
First Quarterly Board Meeting
Lakeside Elks Club
11633 Woodside Avenue
Lakeside, CA 92040
February 8, 2020
Call to Order: Governor Jim Zoll called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m. The Governor welcomed everyone to the meeting. Webmaster Rick Lakin gave the invocation. Assistant to the Governor Cheryl Sylvester led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Governor asked each person at the Quarterly to introduce themselves and tell one interesting fact about themselves.
Invocation given by Rick Lakin:
Let’s bow our heads.
As we stand here together in Optimism, we stand with one mission: Bringing out the Best In ourselves, our members, our volunteers and of course, the children we serve.
May we answer the call to imagine. To imagine the success of the projects we create to serve our communities, to imagine the feeling of satisfaction that creativity and hard work bring too each of us and our clubs. To imagine the smiles on the faces of the children we serve.
In 1959, a few miles from here in Kearny Mesa, the seven original Mercury astronauts gathered to inspire the workers creating the Atlas Booster that would take them to space. Gus Grissom was a man of very few words, but the employees remembered his words most of all, “Do Good Work.”
May we call on ourselves, our fellow members, our leaders, and the children we serve to answer the simple call, Do good work. We ask this with gratitude for our fellowship, our call to action, and our common purpose. Amen.
Quorum Report: District Secretary Bonnie Styles announced that there was a quorum. Present were: 4 out of 4 Lt. Governors; 18 out of 27 Presidents; 8 out of 27 Secretary/Treasurers. There were 36 Optimists at the meeting.
Approve Minutes – November 2, 2019: The minutes were sent out to the Board of Directors for review. The minutes were accepted as presented.
District Financial Report: District Treasurer Caroline Lull: The financials were emailed to the Board for Review. District Treasurer reviewed the financials which were displayed. The financials were accepted subject to review.
- Governor Zoll announced that Mark Blumenthal, Governor-Elect had resigned due to health issues.
- Appointment of William Parry, Governor-Elect. Discussion. William Parry has not held the office of President in his Optimist Club (Optimist By-Laws requirement). Governor Jim Zoll contacted Optimist International. Governor Zoll received an email from Optimist International that an exception could be made and William Parry could hold the office of Governor-Elect. Mike Perine, Lt. Governor, Zone 4 made a motion that William Parry be appointed as Governor-Elect. Agatha Graney seconded the motion. Discussion. Motion carried. Bill Parry then introduced himself.
- Appointment of Bonnie Styles, Lt. Governor Zone 2. Discussion. Lynn Woodhead, Past Governor, made a motion to appoint Bonnie Styles as Lt. Governor for Zone 2. Virginia Syverson, President Imperial Beach, seconded the motion. Discussion. Motion Passed.
- Governor Jim Zoll installed Gerd Werner, Lt. Governor Zone 1, Bonnie Styles, Lt. Governor Zone 2 and William Parry, Governor-Elect.
- Governor-Elect gave his acceptance speech. Jim talked about his St. Louis training experience and about some of his goals for 2020-2021.
- Lt. Governor Reports: Each of the four Lt. Governors talked about the Oratorical Contests which are being held in their zones. Dates for the club contests were shared as well as information for the zone contests. This information was shared with Diana Drummey, Oratorical Chair. Membership was shared as well as some of the activities that were being held in the clubs.
- Club President Reports: All of the club presidents at the Quarterly shared with the group some of the activities and fund raising events their club was involved in.
- Dr. Angie Hawkins shared information regarding PGI. Dr. Angie also shared information regarding the needs of the “special” clubs she formed last year. Help is needed with fund raising and help is needed to help pay the dues of these special members. Cookies were available for purchase to help New Alternatives pave their basketball court. Optimists were urged to donate pods, dryer sheets, and snack bags. Call Dr. Angie for additional information.
- Scholarship Contests:
- Essay Contest – Lynn Reiter-Woodhead: The Essays are due to Lynn’s home by February 28. The winning essay from the district will be awarded a $2500 scholarship. Clubs can award their essay winner scholarships up to $500.
- Oratorical Contest – Diana Drummey – Club contests should in held in March. Clubs can award their winners scholarships (the amount awarded is their choice). The top two winners are invited to compete in the zone contest. This year all four zones are having contests. The zone contests need to be held ideally before April 23. The District contest is being held on May 2. Call Diana if you have any questions.
- CCDHH – Chair Robert Fischer has sent out flyers to all interested schools and teachers. The applications are due by April 17. The district contest is being held on May 2. The winning student will be presented with a $2,500 scholarship. In addition the top three students will be awarded scholastic awards. Discussion. Lt. Governor Zone 1, Gerd Werner made a motion that we award three cash awards as follows: First Place $500, Second Place $400, Third Place $300. Agatha Graney, Lt. Governor Zone 3, seconded the motion. Discussion. Motion Carried.
Governor Jim Zoll introduced Optimist International President-Elect Mark Weinsoff. Mark shared some thoughts with the group.
- Third Quarterly Board Meeting will be held on May 2, 2020 at Lakeside Middle School.
- Convention Report: Convention Chair Al Aegerter – Al gave a shout out to Mark Weinsoff!! Mark traveled from Goleta, CA to be with us today. He is representing Rebecca Butler Mona, Optimist International President 2018-2019. Al then turned the microphone over to Jim Woodhead, Convention Secretary/Treasurer. On Friday Night an Optimist Casino Night will be held!!! Money raised will support the Foundation. This event is being held at the hotel. Governor-Elect William Parry will be in charge of the training. Sunday morning will be the special event honoring the optimists that passed this year. At this point there is no theme for the banquet.
- February 15 is the date when clubs need to file paperwork with the IRS, the State, and the Attorney General. If you have any questions, please ask.
- International Convention: Chicagoland June 28-July 1. Dennis Andolsek, Convention Ambassador urged everyone to book their rooms. The agenda will be posted on the website on February 20. If people want to attend the entire convention they should book their plane reservations as follows: leave on June 28 and fly back on July 2. The convention starts on the 28th at 7 p.m.
- Jim Parrotte, JOI Chair: The JOI Quarterly was held on February 2, 2020 at the YMCA Surf Camp in Imperial Beach. Thanks to Al Aegerter for handling the paperwork. There were 45 members of clubs plus their advisors that attended the meeting. Ten out of the thirteen clubs were in attendance. In addition the current JOI International President and the Immediate Past JOI International President were in attendance. Governor Jim Zoll and Governor-Elect Bill Parry attended the meeting. Jim Parrotte gave a detailed report of the event. In the JOI District there are 316 active members and 47 pending members. The JOI International Convention is being held concurrently with the Optimist International Adult Convention in Chicagoland. There are presently eight students that have shown an interest in attending the convention. The estimated cost for each student attending the convention is about $1100. Jim Parrotte requested support from the district to help with costs. Bonnie Styles made a motion that the board approve reimbursement of up to $400 for each CALSO JOI Club Member and Chaperone Traveling together as a Group to the Optimist International Convention in June 2020. Diana Drummey seconded the motion. Discussion. Motion Carried. It was noted that last year the CALSO had the highest percentage in attendance at the convention. Clubs are also urged to support these young people. Donations can be sent to the CALSO treasurer with a notation that the money is to be used to support this effort.
- “Chad’s Bracket Red Wagon” – Audrey Eller gave a comprehensive report of this value fundraiser. A packet of information was distributed to all clubs.
Entertainment: El Capitan High School Jazz Band:
A Donation of $100 was made to the organization.
Computer Training: Lynn Reiter Woodhead
Optimist International Website optimist.org
Rick Lakin – District Website Calso41.us
If your clubs wants a website just ask Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be done.
CELEBRATION OF AWARDS: Diana Drummey presented awards for Optimist year 2018-2019. A video was played from Optimist International President Rebecca Butler Mona congratulating Diana on her great year. Diana is a Distinguished Governor and was presented her ring by Mark Weinsoff, Optimist International President-Elect! CONGRAULATIONS DIANA! Diana later presented Bonnie Styles certificates: HONOR DISTRICT CITATION AND DISTINGISHED DISTRICT CITATION YES! YES! What a great year!
Past Governor Lynn Reiter-Woodhead OIF 2019-2020
Awards were presented. The special print was displayed. Dime a Day pins were distributed. The special tie and scarf were worn and shared with the group. Bonnie Styles received the benefactors pin. YES!!!
Past Governor Al Aegerter OIF 2018-2019 presented awards to clubs and members for their donations.
The Optimist Creed was recited. The meeting was adjourned at 1:49 p.m.
Bonnie Styles, Secretary